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Blank Canvas Launch Party Day 6 – Bonus Excerpt

It’s day six of the Blank Canvas Launch Party!

The party is almost over! I hope you’ve enjoyed the behind the scenes goodies I’ve shared this week, and I hope, too, you’ve entered the giveaway for a signed print copy of Blank Canvas (if not, you can enter at the end of this post!)

Today, I thought it would be fun to share an additional teaser excerpt from the book (if you’re wondering where the first excerpt is, check it out here).

In this scene, Maddie is being driven from her psychiatrist’s office to her art therapist’s clinic. Hope you enjoy!


“Don’t you have anything better to do than drive me around?” I ask, hugging my bag to my chest and studying his reaction. When he smiles, my stomach still flutters like it did years ago. But I’m not a child anymore. I don’t have romantic visions of the future like I once did.

Wesley makes me feel safe, and for the moment, safe is a blessing. I’m not sure I could have survived this long without him.

“Someone has to make you go to therapy,” he replies, but even when he says the word therapy, it still sounds like it belongs in everyday conversation. Like it’s normal. I lean back against the headrest and let a smile lengthen my lips.

“I don’t mind seeing Klara,” I tell him, even though I hate sitting in Klara’s office, repeating the story of my abduction week after week. I’m not sure why I lie. I guess it’s petty to complain about the woman assigned to help me, when he’s volunteering his time to make sure I have the chance to receive her help in the first place.

“But you hate art therapy,” Wesley finishes for me. His voice is tight when he says it, and I’m surprised. My reluctance to attend this second form of therapy has resulted in many drawn out conversations with my parents. Some have ended in shouting matches, others in tears, and most have been dispirited, fruitless attempts to find a solution to please us all. It’s no secret I want to stop my art therapy, nor is it a hidden fact Mom and Dad think art therapy is the most crucial aspect of my rehabilitation. But I didn’t realize Wesley thinks the sessions are important, too.

The van makes a clunky right turn off Bayfield Street, and after driving past a neighborhood of old houses and new townhomes, an office park comes into view. I can spot the windows of the Healing Expressions clinic, three floors up in the far building. My throat is already dry, and we haven’t even parked yet. My legs regained their strength during the ride, but my feet are tingling again. I grip my bag tightly.

“See you in an hour?” Wesley asks as he pulls up in front of the building. His phone buzzes, rattling the cup holder it sits in. I wonder who’s calling, and wish I could stick around to find out. I would love to sit in this van, answering phone calls or spinning the radio dial, talking to Wesley or not talking and simply enjoying a drive down an endless sunny road.
Instead, I only nod at Wesley’s question, pushing open the door and climbing out of the seat before I lose my nerve and beg him to take me away from the clinic. Wesley gives me a wave before reaching down to grab his phone. I stare at him for a few long seconds, and then turn with a sigh and walk, still a little dazed, towards the building.

The glass windows catch the sun, and I have to shield my eyes from the blinding gleam. Around me, the world is bright and warm and alive. It’s beautiful outside––late spring in full bloom. I used to love this time of year, but today the vibrant landscape is shaded black and grey.

To me, the world has lost all color. Once, I would have delighted in painting it. Now, the idea terrifies me.


Stay tuned for day seven, the final day, of the Blank Canvas Launch Party tomorrow, and if you haven’t already done so, enter to win a signed print copy of Blank Canvas below!

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There will be 2 prizes of 1 signed copy of the upcoming print version of Blank Canvas. This contest is open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) only, and will run from Sunday, June 21 12:00 AM through Saturday, June 27th 11:59 PM Eastern time. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Everyone is allowed one free entry into the giveaway draw. Additional entries can be earned by commenting on the blog during each day of the party (1 entry per day). Two winners will be randomly selected and notified within 7 days of the giveaway ending. Mere Joyce will ship the two winners a signed print copy of Blank Canvas once the print version has been released (Please note this may take several weeks.) Winners will be notified when the book has shipped.



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